Obamacare repeal bill in doubt in Senate as key Republicans' concerns deepen

Jimmy Kimmel delivers a speech at the 89th Oscars

Jimmy Kimmel delivers a speech at the 89th Oscars

The legislation would do away with Obamacare's individual mandate requiring most Americans to buy health insurance or pay a fine.

"I have always been a "yes" for [Obamacare] repeal, but the bill unfortunately keeps most of the Obamacare spending, nearly all of it, and just ... block grants it to the states", he said.

The Graham-Cassidy bill now being considered in the Senate threatens to eliminate the Medicaid expansion. Rand Paul - who has been a "no" vote and criticized the legislation nearly daily - said Sunday that he might be able to support the measure, but only if his colleagues took the unlikely step and got rid of a proposal to turn federal funding for Medicaid expansion and Obamacare subsidies into a block grant program.

Collins' all but certain opposition leaves the White House and party leaders desperate to rescue their promise to repeal Obama's Affordable Care Act with one immediate option: trying to change the mind of at least one opponent.

Despite a rushed timetable and the daunting task of pulling together enough votes, the White House is "planning" on the Senate voting on the "Graham-Cassidy" health care bill this week, White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short said on Sunday's "Meet The Press".

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Yet Republican congressional leaders, goaded by GOP voters and the president himself, were determined to give it one last try.

Graham told ABC News that he still thinks there is a possibility of winning the repeal vote and is "moving forward" with efforts to try to change the minds of the last Republican holdouts against the repeal legislation.

Following his newborn son's heart surgery, Kimmel made an emotional plea on behalf of health-care funding praising Obamacare for giving those with pre-existing conditions access to health insurance.

"And I don't think they have Mike Lee's either", Cruz said of the Republican senator from Utah. The bill would establish block grants to states.

U.S. President Donald Trump has said that in opposing GOP's latest attempt to repeal and replace ObamaCare, Sen.

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If the Texas Republican sticks to that stand, GOP leaders will have little hope that their 11th-hour Senate push will survive.

The Republican Party, despite campaigning ferociously for Obamacare repeal for almost seven years, could never agree on how to turn those promises into reality without sending the healthcare industry into a tailspin. So now we must see if democracy can really work in modern America. McCain's statement of opposition means the Graham-Cassidy bill is likely dead in the water.

Trump then targeted McCain's friendship with Lindsey Graham, saying that he "let his best friend L.G. down!"

Medicaid. The federal/state insurance program provides health care for 20 percent of all Americans, including 40 percent of children, half of all births, 60 percent of nursing home expenses and 25 percent of mental health care. A third would be enough to defeat the bill, since no Democrats are expected to support it. Republicans hold a 52-48 advantage in the Senate.

"John McCain never had any intention of voting for this Bill, which his Governor loves". She expressed concerns that the measure would result in many people losing health coverage and didn't like a provision letting states make it easier for insurers to raise premiums on people with pre-existing medical conditions.

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Cruz continued, "If you want prices to go down - Econ 101, you want prices to go down, you want more choices, more options, more competition, and prices fall", he said.

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